I am more upset that depressed about this game. While MSU’s defense played well, Alabama is just as responsible for this loss as MSU is for winning. Most of my rage will be focused on JPW and the Textbook 5. I don’t care what people may say, we had this game for the taking and refused to do so. John Parker has given up 28 easy points these last two games because of him trying to do too much with the ball. That 100 yard INT? Yeah, Wilson never even looked to where he was throwing. LEARN TO TAKE A SACK JP!!!!! It doesn’t help that we refuse to block for him. WE BLEW THIS GAME!!!
Should we blame Saban? Well, yes and no. I don’t know what the heck he and Applewhite were doing with that play calling on the MSU 2 yard line. Still, there isn’t much you can do on something like a 100 yard INT as a coach. He’s been very vocal about JP making smart decisions all year long, and has yet to see it happen consistently. I will always attribute this game to JPW losing it over any other storyline that comes out of here.
I will say this: I doubt MSU will be beating us very often for the next few years. They’ve been winning games on respectable defense and bad QB play. Saban and staff have been doing a great job on the recruiting front, and I expect this to continue. Besides, Croom’s offense will never work. They only had 211 yards against a pretty thin defense that is still playing above their heads.
I’ve calmed down enough to give more credit to Titus Brown and their defense. He’s a game breaking player and they covered our recievers very well. Yes, we never blocked him. But give credit where it is due. I hope to see him playing in the NFL soon. They took advantage of our mistakes, as you should if you are going to win. Hats off to a solid performance.
I also calmed down enough to realize that while JPW still made too many mistakes, this is a team sport. If Capps or Smith can’t block for him, there is not much else you can do. Give props to Tiffin though, who hit two 50 yard field goals.